(AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
After losing game one of the four game series in Miami, the Phillies fought back and won the next three games against the Marlins. Friday night was highlight by Jerad Eickhoff. Eickhoff was acquired from Texas in the Cole Hamels trade and was making his Major League debut. He went six innings without giving up a run and contributed with his bat with an RBI single in the fourth inning scoring Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown. Odubel Herrera and Freddy Galvis both had a RBI that inning off of Marlins starter Kendry Flores. Howard had a big night at the plate as he had two RBI doubles later in the game. Once Eickhoff left the game after six innings, the Phillies bullpen allowed only one run and the Phillies came out on top, 7-1.
Aaron Harang took the mound on Saturday hoping the right the ship after struggling on the mound of late. Harang pitched a strong game as he only gave up two runs over seven innings. Those two runs came in the bottom of the third as Derek Dietrich plated in two runs with a RBI double. The Phillies bats were silent through the first seven innings. With the game 2-0 in favor of the Marlins, it was the long ball that saved the Phillies over their final two frames. Darnell Sweeney hit his first career home run in the eighth inning and Andres Blanco tied the game with an RBI double which scored Cesar Hernandez. Aaron Altherr and Darin Ruf had back to back home runs in the ninth inning to give Philadelphia the 4-2 lead. Ken Giles came in for his ninth save of the season which sealed the victory for the Phils.
The final game of the series was lead by an outstanding pitching performance from Phillies rookie Aaron Nola. Nola pitched brilliantly over eight innings of shut out baseball. Hits were at a premium today for both clubs. The Phillies were able to scrap together two runs over six hits through nine innings. Altherr hit a sacrifice fly off of Marlins starter Adam Conley in the top of the third. Cameron Rupp hit a solo home run off of reliever Chris Narveson in the seventh inning. Notable is that all of Rupp’s home runs this season have occurred during Nola’s starts. Giles came in for the ninth inning to complete the three-hit shut out and get his tenth save.
The Phillies return home to Citizens Bank Park for a four-game series against the Mets. Game one is tomorrow at 7:05pm. Injured Mets star David Wright has been activated from the Disabled List and is expected to return tomorrow for his first start since April.